|Dimensions||17.7 × 10.7 × 1.4 cm|
An openly lesbian, feminist writer, Vernon Lee – a pseudonym of Violet Paget – is the most important female aesthetician to come out of 19th century England. Though she was widely known for her supernatural fictions, Lee hasn’t gained the recognition she so clearly deserves for her contributions in the fields of aesthetics, philosophy of empathy, and art criticism. An early follower of Walter Pater, her work is characterized by extreme attention to her own responses to artworks, and a level of psychological sensitivity rarely seen in any aesthetic writing. Today, she is largely overlooked in curriculums, her aesthetic works long out of print. David Zwirner Books is reintroducing Lee’s writing through the first-ever English publication of ‘Psychology of an Art Writer’ (1903) along with selections from her groundbreaking ‘Gallery Diaries’ (1901-1904).
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